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Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:49 pm

Hey guys!

I am trying to make my raspberry pi into a portable WiDrive.

I believe this would mean:
1) making a Wireless Hotspot
2) sharing a drive (Samba/FTP)
3) getting this to be accessible when an iphone/ipad connects to it.
4) Allowing the new RPi hotspot to act as a bridge so that the idevice can still access a wifi network.

I have not really made any progress as my wifi dongle is a Realtek :/

The final outcome would be the sort of thing you chuck in a bag and control from the device connected(probs via ssh?)

Any help would be marvelous!


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Re: WiDrive

Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:09 pm


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Re: WiDrive

Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:29 pm

did you look at this thread? It might have some of the information you need.
http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 36&t=19120
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Re: WiDrive

Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:25 am

I have done exactly what you are talking about, but i'm not really following what is your problem with this? You don't how to get started?

1). About the AP-mode, try this: lsmod|grep mac80211. If it doesn't return anything your wifi dongle won't support AP -mode. Get a better one, they are cheap. I'm using a RT2870/RT3070 -based ralink one that works nicely with a powered hub.

2). Sharing a drive. Well, install samba and configure? Not much to tell you about this, plenty of guides around. I put a 8GB usb-stick in my setup for storage.

3). Getting what accessible? The wlan or the samba? I actually don't if iOS supports samba shares, i have couple of apple devices myself and might try this. AP of course works nicely

4). You lost me here, you mean connecting to the internet? The hotspot guides tell you about this. Pretty much boils down to getting to configuring your system for forwarding packets (iptables+sysctl).

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Re: WiDrive

Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:51 am

look at openwrt. not sure if theres a build out for pi but it shouldnt be that difficult.

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Re: WiDrive

Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:18 pm

hvc123 wrote:look at openwrt. not sure if theres a build out for pi but it shouldnt be that difficult.
12.09-rc1 works fine.

http://downloads.openwrt.org/attitude_a ... 8/generic/

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Re: WiDrive

Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:12 am

Happy Hacking!

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Re: WiDrive

Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:12 pm

Why not just run an ftp server on it? I don't own an ios device, but my Android tablet can stream video and open files from my RPi using ES File Explorer.

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Re: WiDrive

Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:42 am

I think it's easier to use MyWi on the iPhone to make the hotspot, and let the Raspberry Pi always connect to that. It always has the same name, and can even work as a repeater bridge from other WiFi signals. Because WiFi management is difficult on a headless device, I prefer to keep the networking on my iPhone, and share a network with a consistent name (SSID) and security (none).

If you're struggling to get the FTP server up and running, I made a guide:
http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 36&t=31543


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Re: WiDrive

Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:40 pm

Hey Pigeorge,
This is exactly what I am trying to create too. See my post. http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 61#p248261
The route I was going to go was with webdav, as you can stream movies to ipads and iphones without fully downloading them first. I have this set up on my server at home, which works perfectly.
This is my first pi project, and so far the only thing I have done is bought a wifi dongle from fleabay. I know it is a realtek chipset, but not sure which one, so hopefully it might be ap compatible.

Good luck, and keep us up to date on how you manage :-)


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